How To Use An Open Middle Problem

by Robert Kaplinsky


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Subject: Mathematics

Grade Levels:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • College

Start Date: Immediate access

Access for 16 weeks

3 Professional Development Hours

Timing: Self-paced with no set meeting time

1 Graduate Level Professional Development Credit Available

Topics Covered:

  • Open Middle
  • Depth of Knowledge

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About This Workshop

If you've heard of Open Middle problems and maybe used a few of them, but you're not satisfied with how things have gone and want consistently good results, then this mini workshop is for you.  I want your students to love using Open Middle problems and have them be your favorite problems to use when getting observed.

We'll begin by discussing how Open Middle problems can help you and your students.  Then we'll work through specific examples for grades K-1, 2-5, and 6-12.  We'll use them to talk about how to prepare to use a problem as well as how to use them with students.  Then we'll talk about where you can find more Open Middle problems to use and when and where you want to use them in your units.  Finally, there's a bonus lesson on how you can use Open Middle problems at home with your own children.

If you have any questions, you can email me at

Robert Kaplinsky

About the Instructor

Robert Kaplinsky

Robert Kaplinsky co-founded and runs Open Middle, has been published in Edutopia and Education Week, is the author of Open Middle Math: Problems That Unlock Student Thinking, and created the #ObserveMe movement.  He has been an educator since 2003 as a classroom teacher, teacher specialist for Downey Unified School District, instructor for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and presenter at conferences around the world.  He is also the founder and president of Grassroots Workshops.

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